Texas Senate Wants Criminal Background Checks on Teachers

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Public school teachers would have to submit their fingerprints for a national criminal background check under a bill approved by the Texas Senate.

Janitors, teachers aides and other non-certified public school employees hired after September first would also have to submit fingerprints for a national check under the bill.

Also requiring background checks would be the employees of contractors working on school grounds.

And school districts would be barred from hiring anyone convicted of a sex offense or other serious crime against children or letting them work on school property.

If the House approves it and the governor signs it into law, the state will pay for background checks for the approximately 200-thousand current teachers whose records haven't already been reviewed.

New teachers and other employees will have to pay about 50 dollars for the review.